UPS picked up the crate containing the painting of the stallions, Diesel and Shorty, early in the afternoon of October 6th. Their scheduled arrival time at the Grants’ home in Ogden, Utah, was one week later, October 13th. From points 3000 kilometres apart, Christine Grant and I were regularly checking its progress on UPS’s online tracking system. I was relieved to note when it had cleared U.S. Customs, but why did it stall in Chicago for two days? It wasn’t surprising then when the shipping company posted a notice that its arrival in Utah would be two days later than scheduled, October 15th.
Christine stayed home that day, eagerly awaiting its arrival, but instead received a notice that they had attempted delivery, and would try again on the 16th.
It turned out that for some inexplicable reason, the house number she gave us, which was clearly printed on the crate and on the affixed paperwork, was one digit out! She phoned UPS in Ogden, and fetched Diesel and Shorty home herself, letting us know by email. The stallions were safely home, and we could relax!
The Grants’ response on seeing their commissioned piece was a joy to read, and will be posted shortly on our website in the TESTIMONIAL pages under the HOME drop-downs .
The carpenter came out the following day to take measurements for making a large moulding to frame the painting in the panel above the fireplace. It will take about two weeks to have the staining done and everything put in place. Once the stallions are installed, and Christine sends me a photo of them in their new paddock, I’ll share that in another blog.